On Thursday, the NBA released its 2016-17 NBA schedule, which means fans finally know when and where the no. 2 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Brandon Ingram, will make his regular season debut: Aug. 26 at Staples Center.
The Lakers face a tough start to the 2016-17 season with four of their first five games on the road, and the sixth game is against the Golden State Warriors. Lakers coach Luke Walton, who formally begins his career as a head coach on Oct. 26, is facing a tough first 10 days in charge of his ball club. Any wins the Lakers grab in those first six games would be considered surprising, so an 0-6 start to the season is more likely than not.
After all, the Lakers have one of the youngest teams in the NBA, and this team is expected to finish closer to the bottom than the top.
December offers the Lakers one of two extended road trips. LA will travel to Sacramento on the back side of a back-to-back and spend nearly two weeks on the road from Dec. 12 until Dec. 25, when the Lakers host the Clippers on Christmas night. During that first lengthy road trip, LA plays seven games in 12 days.
The Lakers' second elongated roadie arrives in February, as the purple and gold play five away games from Feb. 2 to Feb. 10, including stops in Boston and New York.
During the 2015-16 season, the Lakers got Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is considered a big NBA holiday, off. For the 2016-17 season, the Lakers are back on the schedule with a home game against the Denver Nuggets.
The Lakers expect to report for training camp at the end of September, and LA plays its first preseason game on Oct. 4. The final game of the 2016-17 regular season will be an away game against the Golden State Warriors on April 12, and the final home game of the season is against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 11.
To see the full printable 2016-17 LA Lakers schedule, click here.